The daily ramblings …

PETRONAS Chronicles says : Hello World

Posted in Software Update by akamal on January 12, 2007

Hi, since this is the first post on software updates, I think a run-down of the software is needed to keep this blog going!

Developing a Time Depth Conversion software requires me to write not only the workflow involved in those methods, but I somehow have to come up with a COMPLETE SOLUTION.

Don’t be fazed by the word, a brave look into English for Idiots gave me this clear definition, haha:

Incorporate a complete workbench, automated workflow, not forgetting data loading / operation / database management, systems core of the software, graphical representations of the data and such. You get the picture.

Honestly speaking, 2006 hasn’t been the most pleasant ride for me, especially on software development. Not ranting or anything, but I took almost a year to familiarize myself with the terms and standardization of this “geophysical” thing.

FYI, the software is currently developed using MATLAB. Yeah, it’s a cumbersome language, easy to use, but limited in expandability. Kinda restraining for the future of a software growth. But IF I’m required to justify on the language used, I’d give only 2 reasons:

  1. There’s only 2 geo-programmers to dvlp a software as complete as one with 20 pro-programmers!
  2. The geophysical world is COMPLEX!

There are plans for me to migrate to C++. I’m fast at coding, a speedo typer, and a fast learner. The only thing I need to do now is to complete the software, albeit limited functionality, and when everything’s checked alright, the methods, workflow, I’d then make that move to C++.

Until then, may the journey begin! As Yankumi (ref: Gokusen) used to say,

Fight ooo! Ohh!!!

And yeah, what’s up with PETRONAS Chronicles? It’s the software name…

Preface : BOT Research Project Intro

Posted in Software Update by akamal on January 12, 2007

I’d like to take this opportunity to write an important introduction of what I currently do, my job that is.

I am one of the team member of this rebel group (kidding) under geoscience department at PETRONAS Research, actively researching on subsurface technology.
Here are the details on the project :

Project Title: Enhancing Velocity Determination Techniques and Quantifying Tolerance in Depth Uncertainties for subSurface Geological evaluation

Project Budgeted: RM15.6 Million MYR

Duration: 3 years

Project Brief: To determine and develop a robust technique for optimum velocity/depth models and to quantify tolerance in final models and images for complex geological areas. Conversion of seismic time images to depth domain as an earth model is crucial to reflect the real reflection location. Velocity is critical to recreate actual subsurface structural images and true reservoir location.

That’s what at least is required. I’m assigned on the software development part, to automate the quantification of tolerance in depth uncertainties. Simply known as just Time to Depth Conversion software.